Destiny, thy name is Málaga!
Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa has joined La Liga club Málaga for a so far undisclosed fee. Ochoa arrived as free agent after his contract with Ajaccio expired this summer.
Memo Ochoa rose to international fame during the FIFA World Cup™ Brazil 2014 in the group stage match against Brazil. Oddly enough, Ochoa was not the first-choice keeper for coach Miguel Herrera, who decided to use Ochoa just a few days before the beginning of the tournament.
Last term Málaga ended in eleventh position in La Liga with 45 points… that’s 45 points below the title holders Atlético de Madrid (90 points). They were not eligible to play the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League. Recently appointed manager Javi Garcia will certainly have his hands full trying to improve the team’s performance this season.
Ochoa, who hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) arrived in La Rosaleda this Wednesday to agree on the last details and terms with the club’s administration. The goalkeeper reportedly turned down offers from several other clubs before signing with Los Boquerones.
July 31st, 2014.
All shall fade
New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures have unveiled the official teaser trailer of the last instalment in The Hobbit trilogy: TheBattle of the Five Armies is the name of this defining chapter in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage, they are all back for the grand finale.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
July 28th, 2014.
The FIFA World Cup™ has come to an end. Ultimately, social unrest and violent protests were not the highlight of the tournament. World-class football was, with brilliant goal scoring and terrific saves by more than just a couple of previously unknown keepers. Dramatic matches, several of them settled after extra-time.
No underdogs in the final rounds though. Belgium performed radiantly, as expected but they succumbed to Argentina in the quarter finals. Costa Rica, the revelation of the Cup, suffered the same fate before the Dutch team, all-time giants, all-time favourites.
In the end, the German squad earned the trophy, as Gary Lineker would’ve predicted:
Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.
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July 13th, 2014.
One more for our readers:
The Empire takes Frankfurt!
Alleged leaked footage of the new Star Wars film shows AT-ST walkers, Imperial Shuttles, TIE fighters and Star Destroyers deployed in Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen Frankfurt am Main).
Seems like the biggest German airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode – there have just been imperial forces at the scene. Frank Wunderlich.
Frankfurt Airport is the busiest airport by passenger traffic in Germany and the third busiest in Europe after Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle. It serves as the main hub for Lufthansa and its affiliates.
A key strategic facility indeed!
July 8th, 2014.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Miroslav Klose scored a record-breaking goal tonight and became the all-time World Cup scoring leader. Die Nationalmannschaft trashed the hosts 7-1 and proceeds to the final match to be held in the legendary Maracanã Stadium.
This is the first time a team have scored 7 goals in a World Cup semi-final.
Kroos and Schürrle scored a brace each while Müller and Khedira netted once to an utterly devastated Seleção which still needs to appear on the pitch in Brasilia, next Saturday.
Klose (who was born in Poland, but identifies himself as European, rather than German or Polish) plays for Serie A team Lazio. He has scored 71 goals in 136 appearances with the national team and holds the title of top goalscorer over Gerd Müller (68) and Jürgen Klinsmann (47).
He has surpassed the likes of Pelé (12) and Ronaldo (15) in the list of FIFA World Cup™ top goalscorers but is unlikely to win this tournament’s Golden Boot given he has only 2 goals against 6 scored by Colombian-revelation James Rodríguez and 5 by his teammate Thomas Müller.
Miroslav Josef Klose (36 years-old) made his international debut in March 2001, heading the winning goal in a match against Albania.
July 8th, 2014.